The Midlands Business Leadership Group (MBLG) announced the launch of Innovate Columbia
, a digital hub for entrepreneurial resources in the Columbia region. The site connects entrepreneurs at any stage - from the first inkling of an idea to a mature, growing company - to the wide variety of programs and resources available to serve their needs. It may be found online at www.innovatecolumbiasc.com
Innovate Columbia was born as MBLG tackled a common obstacle for entrepreneurs: identifying and connecting with local resources. By providing an index of available resources on an accessible, welcoming platform, Innovate Columbia will help entrepreneurs save time and will increase their access to support.
Users can locate resources by sorting in two ways: by their self-identified stage in the entrepreneurial journey: ideation, validation, launch, or growth and maturity; and by the category of assistance needed: incubator or accelerator programs, funding, guidance, or space and networking.
In addition to the resource library, Innovate Columbia highlights the region as a place of growth and opportunity by sharing the success stories of local entrepreneurs and by providing information on upcoming events critical to the area’s entrepreneurial network.
The site was developed thanks to the generous support of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Nephron Pharmaceuticals. Local web development firm Beam & Hinge designed and is hosting the site.